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There are 5 ways to get from Zürich to Besançon by train, bus or car

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Train  •  3 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Mulhouse Ville TGV / ...
  2. Take the train from Mulhouse Ville to Besançon-Viotte Tgv

$82 - $107

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Bus  •  5 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Besançon 099

$14 - $24

3 alternative options

Train via Belfort Ville  •  4 h 16 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Mulhouse Ville TGV / ...
  2. Take the train from Mulhouse Ville to Belfort Ville Ic
  3. Take the train from Belfort Ville to Besançon-Viotte

$85 - $120

Train, bus  •  5 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Baden to Basel SBB 36 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Basel to Besançon

$54 - $87

Drive  •  2 h 34 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Besançon 159.3 miles

$30 - $50

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Besançon is to bus which costs SFr 14 - SFr 24 and takes 5 h 5 min.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Besançon is to drive which costs SFr 30 - SFr 50 and takes 2 h 34 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich and arriving at Besançon. Services depart once daily, and operate Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 5 h 5 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Zürich to Besançon. However, there are services departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Besançon-Viotte via Mulhouse Ville. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 12 min.

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The distance between Zürich and Besançon is 191 km. The road distance is 254.9 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Besançon without a car is to train which takes 3 h 12 min and costs SFr 80 - SFr 110.

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It takes approximately 3 h 12 min to get from Zürich to Besançon, including transfers.

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Zürich to Besançon bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Zurich station.

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Zürich to Besançon train services, operated by inOui TGV, depart from Zürich HB station.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Besançon is to train which takes 3 h 12 min and costs SFr 80 - SFr 110. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 14 - SFr 24 and takes 5 h 5 min.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Besançon.
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  • Distance: 119.6 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 12 min

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Besançon, France?

You can take a train from Zürich to Besançon via Mulhouse Ville in around 3 h 12 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Zürich to Besançon once daily. Tickets cost $14 - $24 and the journey takes 5 h 5 min.

Train operators
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Zürich HB to Mulhouse Ville
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Website
en.oui.sncf
Standard
$50 - $70
First
$90 - $110
Train from Mulhouse Ville to Besançon-Viotte
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$31 - $37
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$31 - $37
1st Class
$50 - $60
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Mulhouse Ville
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Standard
$50 - $70
First
$90 - $110
Train from Baden to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$18 - $35
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Mulhouse Ville to Belfort Ville
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $21
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$14 - $21
1st Class
$18 - $27
Train from Belfort Ville to Besançon-Viotte
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$20 - $29
1st Class
$26 - $40
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich to Besançon
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $24
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Basel to Besançon
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$19 - $23
Book at
eurolines.ch

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Zürich to Besançon bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Besançon station.

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Zürich to Besançon train services, operated by inOui TGV, arrive at Besançon-Viotte station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Besançon is 255 km. It takes approximately 2 h 34 min to drive from Zürich to Besançon.

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